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Wheel Chair Lifts for Cars: Pros, Cons & the Best Option for Your Loved One


These days, there are many different options available for helping your loved one get around easier. Not only can family members with mobility issues use assistive technology to get around the house, but into and out of vehicles as well.

If your loved one can easily access and ride in a vehicle, it will make going to doctor’s appointments, social events, and shopping errands so much easier. Here is a comparison of the different types of wheelchair lifts for cars, trucks, and vans to help you choose the best one for your family member.

Inside-the-Car Lifts

Both interior and exterior wheelchair lifts for cars are available to suit one’s particular vehicle, mobility limitations, and lifestyle. The interior lifts models include the Curb-Sider and the Joey. The Curb-Sider is Bruno’s most popular hoist-style lift and is very versatile. The Joey is great for minivans and very easy to operate.

Here are some key features of inside-the-car lifts:

  • Compact and cost-effective mobility solution
  • Mounted within the cargo area
  • Works well with larger vehicles
  • Maybe more complicated to operate than an outside lift

Outside-the-Car Lifts

Meanwhile, the exterior lifts we offer are the Out-Sider and the Chariot. A great option to consider if you want to preserve your van or SUV’s truck space is the “Out-Sider,” because this model safely transports the mobility device outside of the vehicle. The “Out-sider” is available for nearly any type of vehicle, and the Chariot is perfect for small and mid-sized cars.

Here are some key features of outside-the-car lifts:

  • Secured to the rear of the vehicle
  • Doesn’t take up valuable interior room
  • Fit most vehicles with ease
  • Can often be operated by a single person

Valet Seating

Valet Seating options are fully powered so that they rotate, extend out, and move up and down. With one-button operation, users can power the seat via hand-held control, recline, flip up the footrest, and stay safe with every mile driven.

One benefit with valet seating is that the original seat of the vehicle remains unmodified, which may make selling your car easier down the road. There are multiple color choices, and the valet seating materials are easy to clean and scratch resistant. However, your loved one must be able to transfer herself or himself onto the seat, hold down a button, and manage the feet and legs while entering and exiting the vehicle.

Choosing Vehicle Lifts for Power Wheelchairs in New York

Choosing the right wheelchair vehicle lift for your loved one’s vehicle or your vehicle isn’t as easy as you might initially think. If you have any questions about which lift is the best choice, please give us a call at (866) 454-3896 to discuss your family member’s mobility limitations, needs, and goals.

We have been serving Nassau, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Westchester, and Suffolk for over 15 years, and our selection of Bruno lifts is second to none. Our compassionate staff will assist you throughout the entire process, making sure you receive the right product and thorough training to understand exactly how the lift works.